Caf statutes re­gard­ing pres­i­dency set to change

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

CAF mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions will meet for their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Cairo, Egypt on Septem­ber 29 with the pro­posal by the Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion of Dji­bouti for the mod­i­fi­ca­tion of ar­ti­cle 18.3 of Caf Statutes re­gard­ing the can­di­dacy to the pres­i­dency of Caf set to be the high­light of the gather­ing.

Dji­bouti wants the hugely un­pop­u­lar ar­ti­cle to be re­placed with a more mod­er­ate and all en­com­pass­ing one as it has been gen­er­ally felt that ar­ti­cle 18.3 was crafted to keep Caf lead­er­ship among a few cir­cle of in­di­vid­u­als. The con­tro­ver­sial ar­ti­cle reads; “any can­di­date to the elec­tions for the pres­i­dency of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball, in ad­di­tion of pos­sess­ing the re­quired skills, must be or must have been a mem­ber of the Caf ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee”.

Ac­cord­ing to the meet­ing agenda Dji­bouti wants ar­ti­cle 18.3 to be re­moved with its sub­sti­tute read­ing;

“Only mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions are em­pow­ered to pro­pose can­di­da­cies to the func­tion of Caf pres­i­dent. A can­di­dacy to the func­tion of Caf pres­i­dent is valid only if it is sup­ported by at least five mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions. The can­di­date with the dec­la­ra­tion of sup­port of at least five mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions, a can­di­date to the func­tion of Caf pres­i­dent, must have played an ac­tive role in foot­ball as an of­fi­cial of a mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tion, dur­ing four of the last five years pre­ced­ing the sub­mis­sion of the can­di­dacy, and the can­di­date will have the obli­ga­tion to un­dergo an el­i­gi­bil­ity check.”

For an amend­ment of the statutes to be passed, two thirds of the mem­bers el­i­gi­ble to vote must be present at the open­ing of the ses­sion and for it to be adopted, three quar­ters of the el­i­gi­ble mem­bers must vote in favour.

Africa foot­ball has been run by Cameroo­nian Issa Hay­a­tou for the past 28 years. — @ skhu­moyo2000.

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